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Paris-based Films Distribution has closed Canada (eOne), Germany (Koch Media), Australia (Palace), Korea (T-cast), Taiwan (Maison Motion), Czech Republic (Film Europe), Fidalgo (Norway), Columbia (Cineplex), Denmark (Camera Film), Turkey (Filmarty), A One (Cis) and Mexico (Mantarraya), among others.
Earlier in the festival, Alchemy snapped up “Mia madre” for U.S. distribution.
Echoing Moretti’s own experience and weaving drama with comedy, “Mia Madre” focuses on a film director who struggles to cope with her mother’s fatal illness.
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
John Turturro is such the ultimate Brooklynite that one sometimes forgets the 58-year-old has a lifetime of accumulated wisdom from globetrotting under his belt. Vulture met up with the veteran actor for a stroll along the beach to pick his brain on what he’s learned since his first of six trips to the Cannes Film Festival in 1991, when both Barton Fink and Jungle Fever debuted and Fink swept the top awards. Turturro was at Cannes this year as the comic relief for Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre, playing the disastrously unprepared, big-name American actor shipped in to star in an Italian film about labor unions directed by a woman (Margherita Buy) whose mother (Giulia Lazzarini) is dying. It’s Turturro at his zaniest, spouting off dreams he’s had about Kevin Spacey trying to kill him, singing Italian songs about milk with his head out the window of a moving car, »
- Jada Yuan
Other prizes go to My Mother, Masaan and Paulina.
Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul has been named the best film in the main Competition section of the 68th Cannes Film Festival by Fipresci, the International Federation of Film Critics.
Review: Son of Saul
Laszlo Nemes directorial debut - the only debut in this year’s Competition line-up - is about a Hungarian prisoner assigned to work in one of the crematoria of Auschwitz who, finding a body he believes is his son, sets out to find a rabbi to bury him.
It ranked joint second on Screen’s Cannes Jury Grid, with no prizes as yet for joint leaders Carol and The Assassin.
Nemes previously worked as assistant director to Bela Tarr on The Man From London (2007).
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Moretti also stars in Mia Madre, co-wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced via his Sacher Film alongside Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
The film follows an Italian director who tries to hold her life together during a shoot despite a disruptive American star, ailing mother and adolescent daughter.
Alchemy acquired rights from Film Distribution. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The deal came four days after the film’s world premiere in competition at Cannes. Guy Lodge called the film “wickedly funny” in his review.
It’s the English-language debut of Greek director Lanthimos, who received critical acclaim for “Dogtooth.” The film, which also stars John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman, is a blackly funny love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transformed into animals of their choosing if they fail to find a mate within 45 days.
Farrell plays a single man who checks into a hotel to find a mate, then joins a rebel group and falls in love with Weisz’ character.
“The Lobster” was shot in Ireland the spring »
- Dave McNary and Ramin Setoodeh
Deadline returned to the Cannes Film Festival twofold this year, attracting an A-list crowd to both its interview studio at Nikki Beach's Le Petit Bar at the Carlton Hotel as well as our annual Cocktails on the Croisette party at Nikki Beach. Those sitting down to chat with Deadline’s Nancy Tartaglione, Joseph Utichi and Anthony D’Alessandro included Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Noomi Rapace, John Turturro, John C. Reilly, Gabriel Byrne, among many others. Getty’s… »
Moretti penned the semi-autobiographical screenplay along with co-scribes Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced the film through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
Dramatic but also comic pic features a powerful perf by Italo A-lister Margherita Buy as Moretti’s alter ego, a film director contending with a divorce and an ailing mother. John Turturro plays a funny primadonna-ish American actor. Moretti plays the director’s brother.
Moretti won the Cannes Palm d’Or in 2001 for bereavement drama “The Son’s Room.”
“Mia Madre” is a beautiful and hilarious film from one of the world’s great filmmakers,” enthused Alchemy’s Evp of Marketing, Brooke Ford, in a statement. “Nanni Moretti has delivered a wonderful film »
- Nick Vivarelli
Indie distributor Alchemy has just scooped up Cannes perennial Nanni Moretti's "Mia Madre" out of the competition. This semi-autobiographical seriocomedy centers on a director (Margherita Buy) who's shooting an Italian film with an unruly and famous American actor (John Turturro). Meanwhile, she's trying to keep her own life together, despite her mother's (Giulia Lazzarini) illness and daughter's (Beatrice Mancini) budding adolescence. Moretti, who also stars in the film and won the 2001 Palme d'Or for "The Son's Room," co-penned the script with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella. In 2012, he served as the Cannes jury president when Michael Haneke's "Amour" took the Palme. Read More: Indiewire's Cannes Review of "Mia Madre" Moretti produced "Mia Madre" through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema. While no release date has been set, the film has so far met acclaim and interest »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Alchemy has taken U.S. distribution rights to Nanni Moretti’s family drama Mia Madre. The film, which played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, tells the story of a female film director, Margherita (Margherita Buy) who is trying to make a movie amid chaos and craziness in her life. Some of her headaches include a teenage daughter, a formidable mother and a big-headed American film star (played by John Turturro). Pic also stars Giulia Lazzarini… »
Nanni Moretti's Cannes competition entry Mia Madre has found a North American home. Alchemy announced Tuesday that it had picked up all U.S. rights to the comedy-drama, starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini. "Mia Madre is a beautiful and hilarious film from one of the world's great filmmakers,” said Brooke Ford, Alchemy's executive vp marketing. "Nanni Moretti has delivered a wonderful film with an extraordinary performance by Margherita Buy, and we look forward to bringing it to Us audiences." Read More 'Mia Madre': Film Review The film, which had its world premiere in Cannes
- Alex Ritman
The film recently premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Moretti wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay along with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced the film through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
“Mia Madre” centers on a director, played by Buy, who is shooting an Italian film with a famous American actor (Turturro), who’s also a disruptive blowhard and buffoon. Away from the shoot, the director tries to hold her life together, despite her mother’s illness and her daughter’s adolescence.
Jeff Deutchman, Alchemy’s vice president of acquisitions, negotiated the “Mia Madre” deal with »
- Dave McNary
No Italian-American actor loves returning to Italy to work in local films more than John Turturro. He played Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi in the late Francesco Rosi’s 1997 feature The Truce. Turturro frequently collaborates with director-cinematographer Marco Pontecorvo, who directed the actor in this year’s Tempo instabile con probabili schiarite and also shot the actor’s directorials Fading Gigolo and his Naples music doc Passione. Turturro holds dual citizenship in… »
Mamma Mia: Moretti’s Continues Exploring a Death in the Family
After having won the Palme d’Or in 2001 for his film The Son’s Room, Italian director Nanni Moretti resumes with a similar motif with his latest, Mia Madre. Except, rather than a family dealing with an unexpected absence, here we have the opposite perspective, that of the grown children dealing with the inevitable death of their ailing parent. Ungainly in its structure as it examines the struggles of its lead protagonist as she handles both family and professional dilemmas, a rewarding performance from Margherita Buy tends to compensate for the film’s shortcomings.
Margherita (Buy) is in the midst of shooting a new film concerned with labor and employee relations. As she films around the American actor Barry Huggins (John Turturro) soon set to join the production, the already harried director additionally is forced to contend with her »
- Nicholas Bell
Mia Madre (My Mother)
Directed by Nanni Moretti
I went into the Mia Madre screening hoping for a witty, ironic, sensitive and emotionally substantial piece of cinema and came out thinking the Cannes selection does not pretend to be a meritocracy. Nanni Moretti is a big Cannes brand names, one of a few lucky ‘subscribers’ quasi-certain of a slot in the festival, the mediocrity of some of their fare notwithstanding. The murmur in the press queues this year has been confirming the impression that this is just the way it is, ‘once you’re in the club, you’re in for life’. One day there may well be a festival in which selection would be like blind tasting, but until then we will have to endure Nanni Moretti’s egomaniacal persona coated in a patina of fumbling false modesty.
With Mia Madre, »
In The Son’s Room, winner of the 2001 Palme d’or in Cannes, Nanni Moretti tackled the difficult subject of a couple mourning their son. In Mia Madre (My Mother), he evokes death once again in this part-satire part-melodrama competing in the Official Selection. Margherita is a director whose advice to her own making a social drama about factory workers facing layoffs. I’m not even sure she believes in the film herself. She doesn’t even know what the advice she gives her confused actors means: “Play the character, but also stand beside the character.” Perhaps that is exactly what Margherita does. She seems to be outside her body at times, as if observing her own distraught life while her mother is gradually losing hers. [caption id="attachment_460287" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Cannes[/caption] When she’s not on set getting frustrated with every scene, crewmember and actor, especially the American star Barry Huggins »
- Talia Soghomonian
Only a handful of filmmakers have ever won the Palme D'Or twice (among them: the Dardennes, Michael Haneke, and Francis Ford Coppola), and it looks like this year won't be the one that another pulls off the achievement. "Uncle Boonmee" helmer Apichatpong Weerasethakul has been relegated to Un Certain Regard with his new movie, while "Elephant" director Gus Van Sant's dreadful "Sea Of Trees" isn't going to be challenging for any prizes. That just leaves one other previous Palme-winner in Competition: Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti, who won for "The Son's Room" in 2001. Whether or not his new film, "Mia Madre," can challenge for the big prize remains to be seen, but after the relative disappointments of "The Caiman" and "We Have A Pope," it certainly serves as a return to form. Read More: Watch: First Trailer For Nanni Moretti's 'Mia Madre' Starring Margherita Buy & John Turturro The film centers. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Cannes veteran Nanni Moretti is back on the Croisette with his semi-autobiographical drama “Mia Madre” (My Mother), considered a return to more personal filmmaking after his prophetic panicked-pontiff pic “We Have a Pope.” It’s the Italian auteur’s third collaboration with actress Margherita Buy, who in “Mother” plays his alter ego, a director contending with an ailing mom and other crises during a shoot.
What drew you to the subject?
I made this film because I wanted to depict, without being sadistic, an important passage in people’s lives: the death of a mother. It happened to me when I was in the editing phase of “We Have a Pope.”
What’s most autobiographical about it?
The part that reflects me the most are the words John Turturro says while he’s on the (movie’s fictitious) set: “I want to get out of here and go back to reality. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Paramount Pictures has acquired the Us distribution rights to the currently Untitled Leslie Mann/Judd Apatow Comedy, a new female comedy from renowned filmmaking duo Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (writers of 21 & Over, The Hangover) and starring Leslie Mann. Jon Lucas & Scott Moore will direct the film which is based on their original screenplay. Paramount will release the film in theaters on April 15, 2016.
Block Entertainment and Merced Media are producing alongside Judd Apatow and Josh Church for Apatow Productions.   Lensing begins this summer in New York, with plot details for this female comedy being kept under wraps. Merced Media is fully financing the project with Bill Block and Merced's Raj Brinder Singh producing. Block Entertainment partner, John Friedberg, will executive produce.
"We are excited to be partnering with Judd, Bill and their teams for this great project. Leslie, Jon and »
Sofia Vergara has made a name for herself playing ditzy and adorable characters who also happen to be both strong and passionate. Yet for me, it's always been the same character. Audiences love Vergara's animated, over-the-top approach to comedy as evidenced by her acclaimed work on TV and in the performances she's given for directors such as Garry Marshall and Robert Rodriguez. This week, the actress gets top billing alongside Reese Witherspoon in the buddy comedy Hot Pursuit (2015). Vergara and Witherspoon hope for buddy-comedy gold playing a federal witness and the officer protecting her until trial, respectively.
The film is a continuation of that brand of comedy which Vergara has so skillfully honed, yet seldom managed to escape. Her work in Chef (2014) was promising, even if the role itself was limited. However, her performance in the movie Fading Gigolo (2013) suggests the actress has more to offer than just the same »
- Frank Calvillo
Though producer Michael Bay isn’t renowned for a sense of intellectual rigour when it comes to his movies, he does take the precaution of casting respected actors in order to lend increased credibility to his explosion-heavy output.
John Turturro provided the dramatic backbone of the Transformers franchise, and while it was strange to see him involved Bay’s next choice is about as out of left field as you can get – he wants Laura Linney to be in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.
Audiences are more used to seeing Linney portray fine character roles in films such as The Savages alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Hyde Park On Hudson with Bill Murray. She’s arguably best-remembered as Jim Carrey’s horror show of a fake nurse wife in The Truman Show.
Bay’s mighty Platinum Dunes chequebook hasn’t had much difficulty convincing the actress to brave the sewers and jump aboard, »
- Steve Palace
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